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What are the best US cities for entrepreneurship and new startups? For hopeful new business owners, it's a quandary. Given a shaky U.S. economy in recent years, it can be a challenge to find U.S. cities that are business friendly. Entrepreneurs no doubt want to find that perfect locale, one where their company can thrive. Several factors go into considering the best cities to found a company in, including the city's population (is it rising?), expense (are the business costs relatively low?) and overall quality of life (including crime rates, general cost of living and cultural/educational opportunities in the area). In addition, if one is looking to launch a tech startup, the area's tech-friendliness should definitely be considered (Boulder, Colorado, for example, is a really hot area for tech startups, as is the entire state of Arizona).

There's a lot to consider for budding CEOs, but this list offers some great potential places to found new companies. Know of other hot areas that are company-friendly? Feel free to add them to this list!

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San Jose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Los Angeles California, USA

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Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Palo Alto California, USA

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Mountain View is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Mountain View California, USA

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San Diego is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
San Diego California, USA

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Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Santa Clara California, USA

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Denver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Denver Colorado, USA

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Seattle Washington, USA

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Las Vegas Nevada, USA

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Irvine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Irvine California, USA

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Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Encinitas California, USA

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Portland Oregon, USA

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Oakland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Oakland California, USA

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Austin Texas, USA

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Fremont is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Fremont California, USA

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Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Anaheim California, USA

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Cupertino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Cupertino California, USA

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Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Santa Monica California, USA

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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Carlsbad California, USA

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Lake Forest is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lake Forest California, USA

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Alameda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Alameda California, USA

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Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Long Beach California, USA

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Louisville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Louisville Kentucky, USA

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Raleigh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Raleigh North Carolina, USA

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
New York City New York, USA

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Boise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Boise Idaho, USA

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Boulder is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Boulder Colorado, USA

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Omaha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Omaha Nebraska, USA

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Berkley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Berkley Michigan, USA

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Provo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Provo Utah, USA

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Philadelphia Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Nashville Tennessee, USA

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Phoenix Arizona, USA

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Oklahoma City is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Oklahoma City Oklahoma, USA

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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Greenville,SC is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company

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Tulsa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Tulsa Oklahoma, USA

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Huntsville is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Huntsville Alabama, USA

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Duluth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Duluth Minnesota, USA

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New Haven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
New Haven Connecticut, USA - Healthy, educated, creative (Yale, etc.) population.  Start-up culture with funding from state & city.  Access to NY, Boston. 

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Des Moines is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Des Moines Iowa, USA

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Cedar Rapids is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Cedar Rapids Iowa, USA

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Detroit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Detroit Michigan, USA

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San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
San Antonio Texas, USA

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Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lincoln Nebraska, USA

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Lexington is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Lexington Kentucky, USA

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Houston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Houston Texas, USA

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Charleston South Carolina, USA

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Fort Worth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best US Cities for Starting a Company
Fort Worth Texas, USA